Passing is the long-awaited movie adaptation of the novel of the same name which was written by Nella Larsen. This is Directorial debut of Rebecca Hall. The cast that stood out was Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson, André Holland, Bill Camp. I am hopeful that Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson will be nominated for Oscars for their roles in the film. This film basically involves two childhood friends who meet up later in life, the main character realizes that her friend is passing as white because she wants a better life, and the film follows some of the dangers they both encounter.
The black and white cinematography was excellently done by Eduard Grau. I was honestly shocked that the music was hauntingly good done by Dev Hynes. The only cast member that I am mixed on is Alexander Skarsgård. This film has certain sapphic elements to it. I am giving this film 10 stars out of 10.
Tick, Tick… Boom!, is the long-awaited adaptation of the play of the same name is based partly on the true-life story Jonathan Larson who went on to be known his play Rent. This is the Directorial debut Lin-Manuel Miranda. The cast that stood out was Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Vanessa Hudgens, Mj Rodriguez, Tariq Trotter, Judith Light and Bradley Whitford. The music is fantastic in the film. Honestly this film is more meant for Broadways fans of Jonathan Larson than the general film audience.
The cameos that stood out was Bebe Neuwirth, Beth Malone, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Wilson Jermaine Heredia. I am hopeful that Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, Mj Rodriguez and Bradley Whitford will be nominated for Oscars for their performances in the film. This film has connections to the LGBTQ+ community. I am hopeful that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be nominated for an Oscar Best Director; I am also hopeful that this film will be nominated for Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Song. I am giving this film 10 stars out of 10.
India Sweets and Spices is the last film from Writer and Director Geeta Malik. The cast that stood out Sophia Ali, Manisha Koirala, Deepti Gupta, Rish Shah. This film very well written quirky drama with comedic elements sprinkled in. This film shows how hard it is for Indian young women who want to marry for love and not to have an arranged marriage set up their respective family members. I am giving this film 10 stars out of 10.
Practical Magic is the latest film Director Griffin Dunne, and it was released in 1998. The cast that stood out was Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Aidan Quinn, Caprice Benedetti, Camilla Belle, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Feuerstein, Lucinda Jenney, Margo Martindale. The film’s story and soundtrack were great. I am honestly mixed on Goran Višnjić casting. The film is a tad bit too long in my honest opinion. I am actually going against most other film critics; I am giving this film 9 and ¾ stars out of 10.
The Witches is the latest film from Director Nicolas Roeg and it was released in 1990. When it comes to the cast members that stood out was Anjelica Huston, Jasen Fisher. The special effects done by the late great Jim Henson and his creative team are fantastic. This film is a tad bit darker but in a good way. The only thing I had an issue with was the film ending is not the same as the book ending. I am giving this film 9 and ¾ stars out of 10.
Bruised is the Directorial debut of Halle Berry who also is the lead actress in the film. The cast that stood out was Halle Berry, Danny Boyd Jr., Shamier Anderson, Sheila Atim, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Valentina Shevchenko. This film might be too rough for some peoples tastes. The film had elements of Warrior, Rocky, Southpaw, Million Dollar Baby. For when it comes to the film’s fight scenes were choregraphed to perfection.
I honestly hope that Halle Berry and Shelia Atim will be nominated for Oscars for their performances in the film. I am also hopeful that Michelle Rosenfarb will be nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. This film has connections to the LGBTQ+ community. The film is tad too long in my honest opinion. I am actually going against most other film critics; I am giving this film 8 and ¾ stars out of 10.
Encanto is the 60th film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studio. This is the latest film from Directors Jared Bush and Byron Howard. The voice cast that stood out was Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, Diane Guerrero, Jessica Darrow, Wilmer Valderrama, Carolina Gaitán, Adassa. A majority of the music was excellent. I am giving this film 8 stars out of 10.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is long awaited reboot of the Resident Evil film franchise. This is the latest film from Writer and Director Johannes Roberts. The cast that stood out was Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Tom Hopper, Avan Jogia, Donal Logue, Neal McDonough. The film matches the atmosphere of the original games.
This film roughly covers elements of Resident Evil 1, Resident Evil 2 and the revamped version of the 1st Resident Evil game. Unfortunately, in my honest opinion Robbie Amell was miscast. The biggest mistake that the filmmakers made was the decision to make the first two games into one movie instead of just adapting the first game as one separate film. I am actually going against most other film critics; I am giving this film 7 and ¾ stars out of 10.
Red Notice is the latest film from Writer and Director Rawson Marshall Thurber. The cast that stood out was Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ritu Arya. This a good popcorn film. Honestly this film has similarities with Ocean’s 12, Mission Impossible, Indiana Jones, Entrapment. Honestly I did not see the twist coming. I am actually going against most other film critics; I am giving this film 7 and ¾ stars out of 10.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the latest film from Director Jason Reitman. This film picks up 32 years after the original two Ghostbusters films. The cast that stood out was Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson. The film feels like an Amblin film made in the 1980’s. It was actually refreshing not to see any of the main characters not using cell phones in the film.
This film for the most part uses practical effects. The film has the right amount of fan service in my honest opinion. The surprise cast members that I was shocked and happy about appearing Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, J. K. Simmons, Olivia Wilde, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Emma Portner, and spoiler alert Harold Ramis in a surprising, beautiful role and people please bring tissues you will need them. I honestly believe the film could have been shortened by ten minutes. I am actually going against most other film critics; I am giving this film 9 and ¾ stars out of 10.